Countryside, the developer of St James’ Park, partners with Grove Cottage to sponsor ‘Grove Cottage in the Park’ - Bishop Stortford’s September Food and Music Festival

St James’ Park, a popular new village-style residential scheme in Bishop’s Stortford by award-winning developer Countryside, is proud to be this year’s headline sponsor of ‘Grove Cottage in the Park’ – an exciting new food and music festival taking place in Sworders Field in Bishop’s Stortford from 12pm until 10.30pm on Saturday 3rd September 2022.

Organised by the charity Grove Cottage, the home of Mencap in Bishop’s Stortford, which provides social and educational activities for people of all ages with learning disabilities, the first ever ‘Grove Cottage in the Park’ event is an extension of their popular annual food festival, Festival of Flavour.

Offering something for everyone, ‘Grove Cottage in the Park’ will offer a range of family-friendly activities and entertainment. The Food Fest will take place during the day from 12pm to 5pm offering a wide variety of food and drink stalls to explore including Ques Idea Mexican Kitchen, Smok’n Greek, Amerio’s Bar, Real Lemonade and Waffle & Floss There will also be a selection of live music from local bands, as well as a Kids’ Zone to entertain younger members of the family.

Continuing into an evening of entertainment, ‘Grove will Rock You!’ will take place between 6pm and 10.30pm. As well as live performances from a variety of local music acts, Queen II the UK’s premier Queen tribute band, will headline the event, performing hits from every decade of Queen’s musical legacy. Bringing laughter to the evening, stand-up comedy legend and actor, Paddy Lennox, will be taking centre stage with his mischievous sense of humour.

Tickets for the daytime Food Fest are £5 for adults and FREE entry for children.

Tickets for Grove will Rock You! are £25 per person, which also includes FREE entry to the daytime Food Fest.

Book Tickets here

Grove Cottage is looking for local bands and acts to perform throughout the day and also is appealing to those in the community who could volunteer for a few hours to help marshal the event. If you can help, please email

Martin Leach, Managing Director, Strategic Land and Major Projects, Countryside said:
“Developing strong relationships within the communities in which we work is a key priority for us and we’re delighted to be sponsoring ‘Grove Cottage in the Park ‘which has such wide appeal for local residents. We hope that everyone has a great time, whilst helping to raise much-needed funds to enable Grove Cottage to continue its invaluable work in Bishop’s Stortford, supporting its members and their families”.

Jeannie Philip, Community Fundraising Manager, Grove Cottage said: “We are so grateful to Countryside for coming on board as our main sponsor, their support has allowed us to think big this year with the addition of evening entertainment. We are really excited by this new event format and hope to raise even more money to enable us to continue providing services to those who need us, whilst bringing a new and exciting event to Bishop’s Stortford. We rely heavily on the support of the community – so events like these an invaluable to us.”